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03-26-2013 07:31 PM
bljones
Re: Beginner in a Macgregor-Venture 25 on Lake MI

I was going to recommend pinging inspector gedaggett, but he beat me to it.
03-26-2013 06:46 PM
miatapaul
Re: Beginner in a Macgregor-Venture 25 on Lake MI

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Originally Posted by gedaggett View Post
PM me if you want I can plan to go out on a sail with you and show you the ropes on that boat and give you some performance tips. It is basically my boat with 2 foot more in the cockpit. I have done this twice now with new Venture owners. Just thought I would offer.
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Originally Posted by TuurboSpaggetti View Post
That would be awesome! You might have to teach me a little more than just the boat though haha, never sailed a day in my life. Buying the boat on Monday though, so soon enough!
I can vouch for gedaggett, while not personally, but he has been on this and other forums and does excellent mechanical work. He took a free wreck of a boat and made it much nicer so he knows the boats. He is a good source of advice for sailing on a budget on Lake Michigan. And I am sure if he was an ax murder or anything we would have heard about it!
03-26-2013 05:54 PM
gedaggett
Re: Beginner in a Macgregor-Venture 25 on Lake MI

I would definitely suggest have some experience with you then when you go out for the first couple trips. And especially someone who knows the Lake. I would be glad to help you out. I might have a buddy come along who is more experienced than me in sailing in general if that is OK. Let me know when you get the boat. There is a lot to do before you actually hit the water. Where are you located?
03-26-2013 05:52 PM
DRFerron
Re: Beginner in a Macgregor-Venture 25 on Lake MI

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Originally Posted by TuurboSpaggetti View Post
... never sailed a day in my life. ...
I did the same with my first boat, a Venture 2-22. Had someone look over it and haven't looked back. It was a great first boat.

Best of luck.
03-26-2013 05:40 PM
TuurboSpaggetti That would be awesome! You might have to teach me a little more than just the boat though haha, never sailed a day in my life. Buying the boat on Monday though, so soon enough!
03-26-2013 04:57 PM
gedaggett
Re: Beginner in a Macgregor-Venture 25 on Lake MI

PM me if you want I can plan to go out on a sail with you and show you the ropes on that boat and give you some performance tips. It is basically my boat with 2 foot more in the cockpit. I have done this twice now with new Venture owners. Just thought I would offer.
03-26-2013 04:43 PM
gedaggett
Re: Beginner in a Macgregor-Venture 25 on Lake MI

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Originally Posted by TuurboSpaggetti View Post
Did you ever raise and lower the mast while underway? I plan on launching from a ramp on the river (chicago river, south branch) as often as I can help it, and masts don't get along with those bridges.

Sure I can wait for the times they raise them, but I'd rather be able to do it whenever.
Not the best Idea to raise from the water but doable. The better option may be launching from 31st street. They have an awesome new launch and I was planning on setting in over there. You can be out of the breakwater in about 300 yards from the ramp. It is deep quick and you can get a pass for about $250 to launch for the summer. I kept my boat in the yard with the mast up in Michigan city and launched that way. It was way easier to wait for a bridge than to raise or lower the mast. Plus if you drop a retaining pin in the water your day could be ruined.
03-26-2013 04:31 PM
sailortjk1
Re: Beginner in a Macgregor-Venture 25 on Lake MI

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Originally Posted by TuurboSpaggetti View Post
A river launch would be a treat, yes. But as I've never been on the south branch, being able to do it at least once would be a blast. I don't have to have a sail up to have fun do i?
No not at all. Anytime on the water is a good time.
South Branch there is not a lot to see, but once you get North of say Roosevelt Road it is very cool. You are right down in it and you can actually feel all the history from the "Golden Age." and don't forget you will motor right past the Dock where the Eastland Disaster occurred.
I had thought you were thinking of a system to raise and lower the stick while in the river, sorry if I came across as negative. You enjoy your day anyway you want to, but I believe after a few river trips you will be done with it.
Actually, I have buddies with power boats, if you want time on the river we can arrange it.
03-26-2013 04:21 PM
TuurboSpaggetti
Re: Beginner in a Macgregor-Venture 25 on Lake MI

A river launch would be a treat, yes. But as I've never been on the south branch, being able to do it at least once would be a blast. I don't have to have a sail up to have fun do i?
03-26-2013 03:56 PM
TuurboSpaggetti
Re: Beginner in a Macgregor-Venture 25 on Lake MI

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Are we talking Western and the River?

1. Your not going to raise and lower your mast and sail in the river. At most it is what 300 feet wide? And the bridges downtown are a block or two apart. I don't see this happening.
2. That has got to be a 1-hour motor, add the lock and you are looking at 1-1/2 hours before you raise a sail.

I really think you need to rethink your strategy for getting on the water. Most of us are looking to be as close as possible to the open water to increase our time actually sailing.
River would be all motoring. I wouldn't raise until I was out on the lake. those bridges are less than one block apart actually, but I know what you mean.
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